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Watauga Man Faces Drug Charges

Tuesday, Narcotics Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division arrested Michael Ray Rash, 27, of 2114 Longhope Road, Boone, on charges of Possession With Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana, Possession of Schedule I Psilocybin Mushrooms, Full Story

Layer of Sleet Leads to Rash of Wrecks

Listening to emergency dispatch during the day Thursday, it was easy to tell where the rain turned to a layer of sleet, then snow as hit the area mid-morning, causing schools to dismiss early and causing a rash of wrecks across the area—some with injuries.  The most serious injuries were reported Full Story

Miller Responds for the County to Town of Boone

Watauga County Commission Chairman Nathan Miller, named in the letter being sent by the Town of Boone in garnering support for the town’s position for mediation with the county over the old Watauga High property and the county’s response by adjusting sales tax, responded himself with a letter Full Story

Two Hurt in 3 Vehicle Crash on 105 Bypass

Two people were transported to Watauga Medical Center after a three-vehicle crash late yesterday afternoon on the NC 105 bypass. The 5:30pm collision involved two smaller sedans and a Ford SUV, with the sedans landing on opposite sides of the highway, the SUV in the middle of the road. Full Story

Boone Calls for Mediation Over Tax Threat

The Town of Boone, in a letter to the press today, is formally requesting mediation with the Watauga County Commissioners, that as the threat of changing the distribution of state sales tax on the part of the County Commission appears to have hit home for the town. The Town of Boone release, Full Story

Watauga Man Arrested in Asheville by Feds

US Marshals arrested a Watauga County man in Asheville on outstanding warrants filed by the Watauga Sheriff’s Office.  Sheriff Len Hagaman said that Timothy Patrick McConkey, 37, of 346 Seasons Drive in Zionville, was arrested on outstanding warrants from July of 2012. Full Story

Avery Middle Schooler Airlifted After Accident

A Cranberry Middle School 8th grader was injured—his arm sliced badly—in an accident at the old football field at Cranberry Middle School during lunchtime yesterday. Fortunately, the young teen was in an easy location for WINGS Air Rescue to land and transport him to the Johnson City Medical Center. Full Story

Avery Commission; More Incubator Controversy

It was a bumpy night for the Avery County Board of Commissioners, meeting Monday night—the issue—still—the economic development project known as AC PRIDE, a business incubator at the Old Banner Elk Elementary. Architect David Patrick Moses responded by letter to Bret Gardella, stating, Full Story

Truck Stolen in Boone Test Drive

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime: On March 28th, 2013, a Grey 2000 GMC Sierra single cab pickup truck, with North Carolina registration tag AMR-5347, was stolen out of the Chili’s parking lot in Boone.  The owner of the vehicle Full Story

Three Hurt in Multi-Car Crash in Vilas

There were at least three injuries and at least four vehicles involved in an early afternoon wreck today in Vilas just west of the Brushy Fork Baptist Church.  The collision involved a sequence of rear-end collisions in the north-bound lane, with Watauga Medics eventually sending Full Story

WCC Starts Arts Council, Commerce Park Projects

Watauga County Commissioners started the processes on two projects in their meeting this morning.  One would hopefully lead to a new Commerce or Industrial Park, the action coming after emerging from an executive session in which the matter was discussed. Full Story

Hilltoppers Headed To C-USA

ESPN is reporting that Conference USA will add Western Kentucky and its new coach Bobby Petrino. The Hilltoppers are also the fifth Sun Belt Conference team to join C-USA. Western Kentucky will replace Tulsa,

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Art Space Proposal Before Watauga Commission

The Watauga County Commission will hear a proposal this morning from the Watauga County Arts Council to put back to use a building the county took as part of the demise of New River Behavioral Healthcare.  Arts Council Director Cherry Johnson will present a plan for use of the building Full Story

Boone Issues Apology for Fatal Wreck

The Town of Boone has issued an apology for its part in a wreck Monday a week ago that claimed the life of a Boone woman. Their release said the town “would like to express our deepest regret for the accident that occurred the evening of Monday, March 25 on Blowing Rock Road Full Story

Crimestoppers: Two Dogs Shot, Seeks Suspect

Reports of two dogs injured as a result of being shot from a small caliber firearm have been made to the Avery County Sheriff’s Office.  Both dogs were from the Crossnore area.  Anyone with information about this incident is requested to call High Country Crimestoppers at 828-737-0125 Full Story

Beech Mountain Search Leads to Drug Arrest

On March 13th, 2013 Officers with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at a residence on Flat Springs Rd in the Beech Mountain Community.  Officers seized marijuana, hash oil, cash and various drug paraphernalia.  An arrest warrant was later issued for twenty five Full Story

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